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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-09-14 05:40
Subject: [photos] New Zealand: Seal colony at Cape Palliser
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Tags:nature, new zealand, photos, travel
Just a mile or two past Ngawi, we came upon the seal colony that lives on and around Cape Palliser. This are fur seals, much larger than the harbor seals I'm used to seeing — the bulls were nearly the size of sea lions, or so it seemed.

The day was still cloudy and wet, which meant they were up on the grass by the road. (Understand at this point the road is a rutted track meandering close to the rocky shore.) Apparently sometimes cattle graze down by the ocean, and the seals and cows can be seen together. Sadly, we were not treated to this vision of bucolic utopia. I will observe that the dozing seals were supremely indifferent to our presence, to the point of being virtually comatose. This even though I could have reached out and touched them.

The general look of the shoreline.

I think this is seal for "Are you food? No? Never mind, then."

I'm going to open my eyes, but you're not worth any more effort than that.

Ok, halfway open.

This one appeared to be doing yoga. Or stretching out a kink in his back. One of the few moments where I wished I'd brought a video camera.

A more lively fellow.

More of Mr. (or Ms., I didn't inquire) Lively.

Playing in the ocean, because not everyone can nap all day long.

Watching the waves go by.

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

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User: mikandra
Date: 2010-09-14 12:51 (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure these are New Zealand fur seals.

Most of the slender animals in these pictures are females (or young males). They have no harem to defend and no enemies on land, and can relax. The big one, with the thick neck, however, is a male, and he has to defend his females from other males. That's why he's sitting up and cricking his neck while looking at you (not making suggestions about your resemblance or otherwise to a female fur seal LOL). It's a thing male seals do (see also this reference http://www.abc.net.au/oceans/seals/adaptations.htm)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-09-14 13:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And precisely why I didn't approach the animals... Didn't feel like being the subject of an aggressive defense. :)
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scarlettina: Fantastic!
User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-09-14 15:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What wonderful photographs, Jay! What a wonderful afternoon that must have been.
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User: lenagriffin
Date: 2010-09-14 17:57 (UTC)
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Awwwwwwww, CUTENESS!

(I've been waiting for the seal pics.) :-)

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